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Carmen Maria Machado

Distinguished Visiting Writer 2020

About Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of the memoir In the Dream House and the short story collection Her Body and Other Parties. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Brooklyn Public Library Literature Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize. In 2018, the New York Times listed Her Body and Other Parties as a member of "The New Vanguard," one of "15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century."

Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, GrantaHarper’s Bazaar, Tin House, VQRConjunctions, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The Believer, Guernica, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Guggenheim Foundation, Michener-Copernicus Foundation, Elizabeth George Foundation, CINTAS Foundation, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She is the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.

Find Events with Carmen Maria Machado

Date: Friday, November 13, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type & Genre: Reading, Talk; Fiction, Short Stories

Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and Burton Barr Central Library for a reading and talk with Carmen Maria Machado on Friday, November 13, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Arizona time on Zoom

Machado will also be teaching a workshop, Stories That Stand Still. More details about the class will be announced soon.


Find Classes with Carmen Maria Machado

Stories That Stand Still
Carmen Maria Machado

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Arizona Time
Type: Craft Class, Craft Talk, Presentation
Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

In this talk, we’ll explore the craft of writing fiction that doesn’t move—fiction contained in a single, discreet space as large as a house, and as small as a bed—and the implication it has for our understanding of gender, characterization, and plot. Stories discussed will include Angela Carter’s “The Fall-River Axe Murders,” Susan Glaspell’s “A Jury of Her Peers,” Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour,” and Nancy Hale’s “The Earliest Dreams.”

Machado will also be presenting a talk and reading the previous day.